Direct Placement Composite: the Treatment Modality of Choice to Restore the Worn or Eroded Dentition in Primary Dental Care.
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Abstract: Tooth wear is increasing in severity and prevalence, partly because of an ageing population and partly because of modern lifestyles. Management of the worn dentition with 'full mouth rehabilitation' is outmoded. This clinical paper aims to review the literature on composite restorations and give general dental practitioners the confidence to restore the worn dentition with dental composite. Composite is a versatile and widely available material that can be successfully applied within the existing occlusal vertical dimension (OVD) or at an increased OVD using a Dahl approach. Cases illustrate what is achievable, and clinical tips will help dentists optimise their results.